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Somewhere over Colorado
Cleared to land at SFO the runway environment is insight and passengers for should be arriving in 45 minutes. Just enough time to eat my Subway sandwich that’s sitting in the galley, and make sure the cabin is set for the passengers. As we taxi into Signature Aviation a bank of fog rolls in behind us, I’m watching closely as I take another look at the instrument departure procedure. I have time to get our next flight plan, prepare the cabin, and take stroll around the FBO, I’m not surprised the passengers are late. This is usual in the world of charter flights, the people show up when they want. A bit over an hour after our scheduled departure our passengers arrive and make their way on board the plane. A squeak and thud from the door handle, along with a safety light, assure me that the door is closed and locked. Ready for taxi..
Typical of San Francisco weather in February our fog bank has now cleared and we are ready for a departure into the wild blue yonder, soon to be black as we fly East with the late evening sun setting at our backs. The flight is rather un-eventful as we cross the western states, I watch the lights flicker on in the towns below as darkness falls and imagine all the people going about their different lives. It’s interesting to think how many similarities we all share yet we are all unique. I glance at the fuel gauges and cross check the VORs as we pass over Detroit and begin planning our descent into Cleveland. Looking out at the Great Lakes I remember sailing with my grandfather, now I’m flying over the same waters and I know he’d be proud.
Descending through flight level 180 I set the altimeters for the local setting and pick up the weather from Cleveland. It’s about 10 degrees below freezing and snow showers; 60 degrees of San Fran sounds really nice at this point.
Before we enter the clouds I prime the anti-ice system and brief the approach. With the lights on the snow flying by looks like shooting stars. After a smooth touch down in Cleveland and a quick de-planing, I was ready to get the warm hotel room. The clock said 2am
as I walked into my room that night. Life in the skies continues as I look forward to another day of flying.
Does anyone know anything about volunteer pilot opportunities? I have heard about things like Angle Flight, but I do not have my own aircraft. I would like to find an opportunity where I can volunteer my flying services without providing an aircraft.
P.S. Flying in Alaska would be exciting!
Inbok me your ideas and opinions
Look for a write up and pictures soon! I just finished both of these ratings
In the next ten days I should be taking my Certified Flight Instructor Instrument rating practical exam. I have to admit that I always get nervous before testing, it seems so daunting for some reason. Plus there is the added stress of wanting to get it done the first time just because of the costs. I have passed all my tests so far with no problem, so I hope for the same, but I don’t want to jinx anything.
Onward with reading..